Salt Supplies Running Low Following Icy Winter

Published 02/17 2014 05:48PM

Updated 02/17 2014 06:09PM

BLOOMINGTON - As the snow has piled up, city salt supplies are struggling to keep up with the breakneck pace of these icy storms.

Both of the Twin Cities are feeling the pain of the weather. To top that off, it's still difficult to reorder salt because of the frozen barge routes.

In Bloomington, the salt dome is down to about 10 to 15 percent of its capacity. City officials say they're doing okay, but they'll need those reinforcements soon.

"We have enough salt on hand, even if this were a pure event, but that's it. Before we would have had enough salt for three to four events, all of that can be expended in one single event for ice, and that's where it really takes a lot of salt,” said Bloomington public works director Jim Karch.

The Town of Normal is down to about 10 percent of its original salt supply. Officials put out an order for one thousand tons that they are hoping will arrive sometime this week.

Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.